Saturday, May 13, 2017



                                   The Artist at the Table

 HBO Program, 2014

 Roman Asaroton

Sosus of Pergamon, famous as the inventor of a kind of mosaic called the asaroton (the "unswept" floor), in which the floor of a room is inlaid with representations of fruits, fishes, and fragments of food that have fallen from the table (Pliny, xxxvi 184; cp. Statius, Silvoe i 3, 36). Mosaic

Theoxeny or theoxenia is a theme in Greek mythology in which human beings demonstrate their virtue or piety by extending hospitality to a humble stranger (xenos), who turns out to be a disguised deity (theos) with the capacity to bestow rewards.  This is one of he oldest and principle motifs in folklore and religious narratives.

 References: Hellenistic Art: From Alexander the Great to Augustus (2004) by Lucilla Burn; The illustration is taken from Antike Bildmosaiken (2003) by Bernard Andreae, as the Vatican gallery is closed to the general public.

The Greek and Roman tradition of tile floors with food images scattered."[Sosos] laid at Pergamon what is called the asarotos oikos or 'unswept room,' because on the pavement was represented the debris of a meal, and those things which are normally swept away, as if they had been left there, made of small tessera of many colors." In general, a floor cluttered with food is part of thre religious and social  rules hospitality.  Such a floor symbolically connotes an abundance of food for the honored guest.

Unswept Floor mosaic.
Another unswept floor found in Brighton, England

A modern version (detail) by Vanessa Somer, 2000-2013

Unswept floor mosaic
Unswept Floor mosaic
5th Century Switzerland

Daniel Spoerri (born 27 March 1930 in Galați, Roman ) is a Swiss artist and writer born in Romania.[1] Spoerri is best known for his "snare-pictures," a type of assemblage or object art, in which he captures a group of objects, such as the remains of meals eaten by individuals, including the plates, silverware and glasses, all of which are fixed to the table or board, which is then displayed on a wall. He also is widely acclaimed for his book, Topographie Anécdotée* du Hasard (An Anecdoted Topography of Chance), a literary analog to his snare-pictures, in which he mapped all the objects located on his table at a particular moment, describing each with his personal recollections evoked by the object. (Wikipdia)

Daniel Spoerri (born 27 March 1930 in  

 Food Crypt

Spoerri  Tray and  coffee cups

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Eaten by Marcel Duchamp, 1964

Below; Eaten by Roy Lichtenstein, 1964
Eaten by Marcel Duchamp /2
Eaten by Marcel Duchamp, 1964 - Daniel Spoerri 
Eaten  by Rauschenburg

Anton Kern (b. Holland leftover durian fruit

Anton Kern (German, 1747)

Spoerri - Kitchka's Breakfast

Related image

31 Variations on a Meal: Eaten by Bruce Conner, Daniel Spoerri Eaten by Bruce Conner

Related imagelThe  Lockhorns cartoon, March 6,

Lara Adriana     Banana Peel (installation), 2008

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Installation (Banana Peel)', Adriana Lara, 2008. View larger.
On display at the New Museum in New York City is Adriana Lara's "Installation (Banana Peel)," as part of the show "The Generational: Younger Than Jesus," the museum's new triennial survey of contemporary art.

F MINUS cartoon Tony Carrillo  May 21, 2014
"Would you like me to bury the rest of that, sir?"
  Dog standing: Would you like me to bury the rest of that for you, sir? 

 Zhu Yu left over meals 2006

Jan Komsky  Leftovers

   Leftover Pancakes as Art Installation

Above: HILARY B. PRICE  Rhymes with Orange (cartoon) August 18, 2015

Kitchen Counter II (Dirty Dishes II) - Kent BellowsKent Bellows Dirty Dishes 1984
(Kitchen Counter II)

Kitchen Counter II (Dirty Dishes II) - Kent Bellows
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Laura Letinsky  Leftovers on a Table

Laura Letinsky is best known for her ‘vanitas’ inspired still life photographs of dinner leftovers: wine-stained tabletops covered with decaying floral arrangements, half-devoured food, and...

Rotting watermelon is found in two other chapters, but it does seem to be leftover
Valerie Hegarty (installation)

Eugene Richards   Abandoned Kitchen Leftovers

Marcos Zapata Popular in 1740s, Zapata distinguishes his Last Supper painting by showing that the twelve desciples had devoured a guinea pig  Not kosher!

Peruvian Quechua painter, born in Cuzco. He was one of the last members of the Cuzco School, an art center in which Spanish painters taught native students to paint religious works. Zapata introduced elements from his own lands Marcos Zapata The Last Supperquot by Marcos Zapata 1753 Flickr Photointo his paintings. For instance, his 1753 rendering of the The Last Supper shows Jesus and his disciples gathering around a table laid with cuy and glasses of chicha.


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